1. Travel
Send to a Friend via Email

Phoenix Gay Sex Clubs and Bathhouses Guide

By

Phoenix Gay Sex Clubs and Bathhouses Guide

The Chute men's club

photo by Andrew Collins Phoenix Gay Sex Clubs and Bathhouses Guide

The popular Flex gay bathhouse in Phoenix

photo by Andrew Collins

The Phoenix-Scottsdale region, which is home to a good selection of gay bars, has two notable venues where gay meet up, ostensibly for sexual relations and hookups.

Phoenix's most popular gay bathhouse, Flex (1517 S. Black Canyon Hwy., 602-271-9011) is just southwest of downtown, along the east side of the service road that parallels I-17 between South 19th Avenue and West Buckeye Road (it's where the freeway curves from east-west to north-south). This is a spacious, well-kept facility that's part of a national chain with locations in Atlanta, Cleveland, and Los Angeles as well. Rates vary greatly, from as little as $1 on Mondays for a locker (plus a $6 single-visit membership - with 6- and 12-month memberships also available and a much better deal if you're visiting more than a few times) to $18 and up for a locker at busy times on weekends. Full "dressing rooms" with TVs and private bathrooms (even slings) are also available. The common areas of Flex are clean and extensive - there's a popular sundeck (there's no shortage of sunshine in these parts, after all), saltwater pool and hot tub, and steam room and sauna. The staff here is friendly and helpful, too.

A "private men's health club" in the heart of the city's gay-nightlife district, The Chute (1440 E. Indian School Rd., 602-234-1654) is a clean, well-kept space with a full gym, steam room, lounges show porn, private rooms and lockers, and a shop selling sex gear, toys, and adult gadgets. This sex club has built up quite a loyal following over the years, especially with guys into leather, bears, fans of fetish, and so on. In other words, if you're a preppy and pretty twink, you're perfectly welcome as long as you don't arrive with a sneering attitude toward the predominant clientele, which is bigger and buffer guys in theirs mid-30s through mid-50s - note the club motto: "Big, Butch & Friendly."

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.